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Color Play: Beyond Color Theory with MJ Kinman



Join MJ and learn how to use value and saturation contrast to bring sparkle and drama to your work, regardless of your inspiration

This is a class filled with time to experiment and build on lessons learned. By the end of class, students will have enough blocks to create a quilt top in the style of the iconic art instructor Josef Albers series Homage to the Square.

Albers made the ingenious discovery that the square as a form could be subservient to color. He made a basic composition of three or four squares set inside one another, on masonite. This form gave him the freedom to be concerned only with color; he named it Homage to the Square.

Please bring:
Your sewing machine in good working order. With its foot control and power cord.
Neutral thread
Basic sewing supplies including but not limited to...seam ripper, rotary cutter, ruler, travel size mat, thread snips, pins, etc

Because it's still a pandemic, we've made some changes to how we run in-person classes:
  • We will be following all state and local COVID-19 guidelines and mandates.
  • You may be asked to wear a mask for the entire duration of the class.
  • We are following the rules established by WA DOH.

Before signing up for class, please check your schedule and read our class policy carefully. To be fair to our teachers and other students we must remain firm on our registration and cancellation policies

  • For any class where the fee is more than $100, 50% is due when you sign up. The other 50% of the fee is due 60 days before the class begins. To sign up with a deposit only, please call or stop by the store; we can only process full payment enrollments on the website. 

    • If you need to cancel more than 60 days before the start of class, any fees paid are refundable except for an administrative fee of 10%. If it is less than 60 days, the fee (less admin fee) can be refunded only if your space in class can be filled.

  • Classes, where the fee is less than $100, must be paid in full when you sign up for class. Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to class and you will be issued store credit.

  • Our guest teachers reserve the right to cancel 48 hours prior to any class if the participation level is below any stated minimum.
  • We will issue a full refund for any class we fully cancel. We will reschedule classes as quickly as possible, rescheduled classes are not subject to a full refund, if you cannot attend the new dates you will receive a store credit. 
  • Your registration in class implies your agreement to adhere to all the above-stated cancellation and refund policies. 
  • Your registration in class implies your agreement to adhere to our current mask policy. No refunds will be given if you choose not to attend class based on any expectation of a relaxed mask policy. 
  • In the event of inclement weather, classes could have a delayed start time or be rescheduled for another day. If we are experiencing snow and icy conditions please check social media including Facebook and Instagram. This will be the quickest way to receive updates as the stores might not be open if road conditions are too dangerous for staff to get to the store to call or email you.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: This is not a learn to sew class. This is a color exploration workshop with a well-known "Sewlebrity".
Materials Included: Fabric Kit
Instructor: MJ Kinman
Instructor Bio: When people ask me what I do, I like to tell them "I make the biggest diamonds in the world! But instead of working with the hardest substances on earth, I work with the softest. cloth." The idea to create giant gem portraits took hold of my soul 20 years ago and has grown into a passion that has enriched my life as a textile artist. The adventure started years ago when, as a novice quiltmaker, I discovered an image of a gorgeous gem. With only a basic understanding of quilting techniques, and no knowledge whatsoever of gemology I was unsure how to transform that image into a pieced work of art. However, I was convinced there had to be a way. And I was determined to find it. After several years of research and experimentation, I made my first gem portrait. I work with fabric and paint to create larger-than-life portraits of colored gemstones. Inspired by the image of an actual stone, I study the gem to understand its particular personality, the play of color, and light across its facets. My goal is to capture the luminosity of these "Divas" and "Drama Queens" I prefer to work in a large format in order to convey the story of light and color encased in a gemstone. The larger format also provides viewers with a more intimate experience, inviting them to discover greater levels of detail as they approach the work. While I prefer to work in a series. my most recent series, "Bourbon Diamonds", celebrates Kentucky's iconic spirit. Each piece is a unique, one-of-kind design.
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